Core cybersecurity practices for every business

Because of the ongoing pandemic situation in 2021, WFH and remote working environments are a reality. Businesses are trying hard to adjust to the change in operations, but with the new shift, it is even more important to take cybersecurity on priority. The idea is to be proactive, so as to prevent all attempts of hack and security breaches. In this post, we are sharing some of the core cybersecurity practices that every business, regardless of size and other factors, can follow. 

Train employees on cybersecurity basics

It is high time that bus nesses have cybersecurity training workshops for all employees. This kind of training should be a part of the onboarding process too. Employees need to know two basic things – 

  1. The cyberthreats and risks at hand
  2. Their role in mitigating these concerns

Use added means of authentication

Beyond the standard rule of creating strong passwords, ensure that you have additional means of authentication, to enhance security to the next level. This could refer to a 2-step authentication using OTP, or something like a security question. Also, it is wise idea to consider using passphrases with 16 characters or more, instead of passwords. If your employees are not using a password manager, you need to recommend one. 

Install software updates and antimalware suite

Malware remains one of the most critical risks for businesses. Most malware files come from emails and untrusted sites, and it is wise to have an antimalware suite that can detect, remove unwanted malware. Also, software updates and patches should be installed immediately on release. This is also about updating all operating systems, browsers, and plug-ins regularly. 

Control both physical and remote access

Having a system for access rights management is critical. First and foremost, it is wise to ensure that physical access to hardware and other network resources, including IP cameras, is minimized. Secondly, make sure that there is a transparent way to update, manage, add, and revoke access rights. For any resource, only people who need it should have access to it. 

Have an incident response plan

Despite the best cybersecurity measures, things may go wrong. Handling data breaches and hacks in an efficient manner is highly important. Ensure that your company has a clear incident management plan, where action is taken for any hack or breach by following a standard set of protocols. 

Succeeding with cybersecurity is all about having aware and trained people at the workplace.